Sumner County Schools

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Station Camp Elementary Opens Pollinator Garden

Station Camp Elementary was abuzz as community partners along with staff and students hosted a ribbon cutting for their new pollinator garden. The greenhouse and garden were built to allow students to impact their local and global community. Students have been working on a special project they titled, "Taking Monarchs under our Wing." They are working to help save the monarch species which are endangered due to the lack of their food source. Students will plant and maintain milkweed along with other plants that attract monarch butterflies. Students already have one monarch caterpillar they have named Chris and are excited to watch him transform into a butterfly.

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In addition to the monarch butterfly project, each grade level is growing something different from vegetables to flowers to herbs and all students have been composting.

The garden is a culmination of several people including the STEM leadership team, PTO, community partners, two grants and a donation.

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Sumner County Robotics Teams Heading to World Championship

Sumner County Schools has five middle-school robotics teams competing at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas this week after earning their spots at the state tournament. Meta (formerly Facebook) has donated $11,000 to Sumner County Schools to offset travel expenses for students and coaches to attend the event, as well as to sponsor a local robotics competition which occurred on April 30, 2022.

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“It’s exciting to see Sumner County students competing on the biggest stage for robotics; it doesn’t get any bigger or better than the world tournament. The achievement of having five teams competing is amazing,” said Chase Moore, Sumner County Schools Supervisor of CTE and STEM. “We’ve worked hard to build a competitive robotics program for our students, and this proves we are headed in the right direction. We are grateful for Meta's generosity and their vision to help strengthen our CTE and STEM programs.”

Meta has been a part of the Sumner County community since 2020, when the company broke ground on its data center in Gallatin, Tenn.

“At Meta, we are enthusiastic supporters of STEM education because of its ability to build community and bring the world closer together. We were proudly cheering for the impressive local students at the county competition last weekend and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these promising young people,” said Tara Tenorio, Community Development Regional Manager for Meta.

On April 30, Meta employees volunteered to work the second-annual Sumner County Schools’ Middle School Robotics Competition that included 33 teams from across the county.

Congratulations to:

robotics firstEllis Middle School


robotics secondPortland East Middle School


robotics thirdT.W. Hunter Middle School

1st Place School Award and $300 Ellis Middle School
2nd Place School Award and $250 Portland East Middle School
3rd Place School Award and $200 T.W. Hunter Middle School

Teamwork Champions Ellis Middle School (Team 1) and Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
2nd Place Teamwork Ellis Middle School (Team 2) and Westmoreland Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Teamwork Ellis Middle School (Team 4) and T.W. Hunter Middle School (Team 2)

1st Place Driver Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 1)
2nd Place Drive Skills Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Driver Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 2)

1st Place Programming Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 1)
2nd Place Programming Skills Ellis Middle School (Team 2)
3rd Place Programming Skills T.W. Hunter Middle School (Team 1)

Top Gun Award Ellis Middle School (Team 1) and Portland East Middle School (Team 2)
Best Rookie Team Ellis Middle School (Team 2)
Most Photogenic Robot Ellis Middle School (Team 5)
Overall Skills Champion Ellis Middle School (Team 1)

The five teams heading to the Vex Robotics World Championship this week are from the following schools:

Portland East Middle School (Coach Dale Sadler)
Ellis Middle School (Coach Jeff Wilkins)
Westmoreland Middle (Coach Kathy Jones)

Student-led teams will showcase their game strategy, design and teamwork skills as they vie to be crowned champions at the global event.

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SCHS Teacher Shares Purple Heart with Students

It's very rare to be awarded with a Purple Heart, but Station Camp High School students got to see one thanks to their History Teacher, Drew Van Huss. During the Vietnam War, Van Huss' father was injured when his unit was ambushed. His father was one of the few survivors of that attack. Van Huss even wears his father's service jacket as he shows students the telegram his grandparents received after his father had been wounded in combat.

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Van Huss is the 2021-22 Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) state chapter.

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BHS Students Named Advocates of the Year in Washington D.C.

Incredibly inspired by the work of the Sumner County TNSTRONG Ambassadors, recently recognized as the 2022 Group Youth Advocates of the Year in Washington D.C. Join us, in congratulating Beech High School students, Nahzah Blair, Hadley Brown, Niya Angelova, and Ella Paligo. During their freshman year of high school, they started a tobacco prevention group to educate their classmates about the dangers of vaping and now serve as state representatives for the Tennessee Stop Tobacco and Revolutionize Our New Generation (TNSTRONG) Ambassador Program.

Constantly looking for new ways to connect with fellow students to promote tobacco prevention, they created their “Be a Hero, Drop Vaping to Zero” campaign and convinced 700 of their peers – as well as U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn and other elected officials – to pledge to remain vape-free. In addition to their community work, they presented a universal substance abuse policy – with a focus on vaping – to the Sumner County Board of Education, which adopted the policy, and convinced the Governor to declare March as Anti-Vaping Month. As a result of their relentless efforts, they gained the sponsorship of America’s largest health insurer, United Healthcare, and their local Sumner Prevention Coalition.

“We are thrilled to honor the Sumner County TNSTRONG Ambassadors as our Group Youth Advocates of the Year,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “The TNSTRONG Ambassadors are making a difference in the fight for healthier, more equitable communities. They are proof that a group of young people can come together and stand up to the tobacco industry while inspiring their peers to be tobacco-free and encouraging elected officials to take action.”

Every year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honors a National Youth Advocate of the Year, four Individual Youth Advocates of the Year, and Group Youth Advocates of the Year. The winners receive scholarships to continue their tobacco prevention efforts and serve as youth ambassadors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Additional information about the youth award winners can be found at tfk.org/awards and more resources and information about tobacco can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org.


Hendersonville High School Named National Beta School of Distinction

Sumner County Schools is proud to announce that Hendersonville High School is a 2021-2022 National Beta School of Distinction. The school earned this recognition by increasing their club’s membership by at least 10% from last year.

National Beta School of Distinction is an honor for Beta clubs striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership from the previous school year. This year, only 2,250 Beta Clubs across the country received this award.

In a congratulatory letter to the school, Bobby Hart, CEO said, “This national award speaks highly of your commitment to academic excellence and illustrates your dedication to preparing students for their future.”

Award recipients will receive a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment.

About National Beta:

With more than 500,000 active members and 9,000 chapters nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. The National Beta program offers over $300,000 annually to its Senior Beta Members. Visit betaclub.org for more information.

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